Fall Wedding Fashion: What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Fall Wedding Style

Photo Courtesy of: Lindsey Gomes Photography


It's not all about the summer wedding anymore. Each year, Fall weddings are growing in popularity-- especially for those having an outdoor wedding. A breathtaking natural atmosphere is a big reason for this change. The autumn leaves provide a gorgeous organic backdrop, and the cool air is comfortable for everyone in attendance.


With any new wedding trend comes a lot of questions – namely, what do I wear to a fall wedding? This is a question asked by guests, the wedding party, and the bride alike. With your typical summer wedding attire being out of season, and winter being too far off, what are you left with? Fall wedding dresses need to be warm enough to survive the light autumn chill, as well as mesh with the natural color palette outside. Though difficult to navigate the perfect fall wedding style, it’s not impossible. Check out our guide to fall weddings for the do’s and don’ts you’ll need to keep in mind while planning.


Do: Tap into season-appropriate hues like jewel tones.

Think deep purples, cool emeralds, classic navies and black, and touches of gold.


Autumnal jewel tones are the perfect inspiration for fall wedding colors. From fall wedding guest dresses to bridesmaids dresses, drawing inspiration from these vibrant hues will set the ultimate scene for the nuptuals. 


Our Floral Beaded Godet Gown with Sheer Short Sleeves in a royal shade of plum/purple, will stand out against autumn’s rich colors as both a bridesmaid gown or guest of the wedding dress.



Don’t: Wear bright, summery dresses.

While and vibrant hues and revealing dresses can be stunning on a sunny summer day, they often clash with an autumn color palette. Reach for toned-down hues such as muted floral prints, dark abstract or striped patterns, and solid dresses.  Avoid anything overly revealing in accordance with the cooler weather and general wedding dress code. With so many pretty and romantic options to choose from, avoiding a sun dress will be easy.


This Shirred Tulle Gown is fall wedding-approved. Its sophisticated styling is perfect for every photo-op of the day. Paired with a short chain diamond necklace and a sequin peep toe pump, this tulle dress is a polished look from the wedding ceremony to the reception.


Do: Top your outfit off with solid pumps or statement flats.

Shoes should never overpower a dress. If you’re opting for sequins and embroidery, stick to a solid color shoe such as nude, navy, or black. Of course, the best shoe color depends entirely on the color of your dress. Don’t forget to choose a style that you will be comfortable in, so you won’t have to slip out of them mid-reception.


Our Hallie Lace Sling Back Pumps are beautiful bridal shoes for the classic bride. This lace high heel is elegant and comes in several understated hues, making it the perfect choice for a fall wedding. Shop all shoes.




Looking for your shoe to be your something blue? Styles like our Amari Sandal are stunning wedding high heel options.


Don’t: Wear white unless specifically requested by the bride.

Seasonal trends may come and go, but this don’t remains constant. On the traditional bride’s special day, she should be the only guest to don white. Unless specifically stated on the information provided by the bride and groom about the wedding, steer clear of white or close-to-white dresses. If you are questioning if your choice in fall wedding attire is appropriate, go to the hostess herself and ask. The bride will appreciate your interest in making her day special.


With so many amazing autumnal color choices in our wedding guest collection, white is easy to avoid. Shop our Wedding Guest dresses


Do: Prepare for autumn’s chill.

Whether a chill from the crisp fall air or attending the reception in an air-conditioned environment, be prepared with a light layer to keep you warm. A shawl or a scarf is the perfect addition to a fall wedding dress. If chosen with your wedding dress in mind, it won’t detract from the gown and will protect you from the chill. Plus, it is easily removed if it’s warm or the party moves indoors.


The elegant semi-sheer pashmina shawl with beaded accents is the perfect option for bridal parties to wedding guests alike. It comes in a variety of colors including royal purple and deep navy blue for every wedding guest’s fall look.


Fall Wedding Shawl


Don’t: Dress for winter.

Unless scheduled in late fall, snow is an unlikely factor when planning your look. It’s still a good time to stick to short or three quarter sleeves. Wait until at least November to pull out the long sleeve dresses. If the forecast is calling for cold temperatures, you can always wear a fashionable jacket, trendy cape, or a thicker scarf or shawl.


This shimmering beaded illusion gown in lead is a knockout. The three quarter sleeves make it the perfect fall style for wedding guests or the mother of the bride or groom. Stunning beadwork adds extra sparkle without the hassle of over-accessorizing your fall wedding look.


What to wear to a fall wedding


Do: Turn your attention to luxurious fabrics.

Like colors, fabrics have their place in the seasons. While you should choose a fabric that makes you the most comfortable and confident you can be, we do prefer a few specifc fabrics for fall. Our favorite fabrics for a fall wedding are decadent silks, velvets, and satins. These shining materials liven up even the darkest of colors and bring vibrance to every party look.


Adrianna Papell’s Art Deco Beaded Blouson Gown is the perfect mix of luxury and ornamental beauty. In a hue that compliments all that autumn has to offer, it’s hard to say no to this gorgeously unique gown for the mother of the bride or bridal party.




With these do’s and don’ts, it’s hard to go wrong at the next fall wedding you’re invited to – whether you are a guest, the mother of the bride, a bridesmaid, or the bride herself. See the entire collection of wedding guest dresses!